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Policy & Stakeholder Dialogue

Raising awareness on the pivotal role of Sustainable Chemistry at all levels

Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue is an important part of ISC3's daily work and activities, as decision makers play a key role in fighting climate change, poverty, hunger, pollution and many other societal and environmental needs. The overarching goal of the ISC3 is to raise awareness of Sustainable Chemistry among decision makers across actors and sectors on national, regional, and international level.

Examples of most effective policy solutions that protect people and the environment by the World Future Council

Our activities within the Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue

This includes advocacy work through the exchange with stakeholders from the political sphere, industry, economy, civil society, science, or research. The ISC3 is continuously working towards building up an international network and scientific community of Sustainable Chemistry stakeholders. In order to engage all key stakeholders along the value chain of international chemicals management, the ISC3 Policy- and Stakeholder Dialogue organises a range of activities, e.g.: Stakeholder Forum, Global Weeks,webinars, information sessions or tailor-made trainings.

The formats deliver content about specific policy topics, among others:

To ensure a broad and diverse exchange of views on Sustainable Chemistry, the ISC3 brings cooperation partners together across sectors (e.g. international organisations, non-governmental organisations, industry, associations, start-ups) . At the same time, we are continuously looking out for best practices (e.g. innovations, creative ideas, policy initiatives) within the field of Sustainable Chemistry. Have a look at global best practices at the Future Policy Award Ceremony 2021 above!

Historically, the establishment of ISC3 is the German contribution to the political international processes (such as the SAICM Process) and other relevant global chemical conventions (e.g. Basel, Rotterdam, Stockholm), whereas the main goal is to contribute to an international breakthrough of Sustainable Chemistry.

The ISC3 contributes to international political processes (with Side Events) such as the United Nations’ Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), addresses emerging policy issues and does advocacy work for Sustainable Chemistry on a all levels.

Fostering multi-stakeholder dialogue: UNEP and the GEF project

We encourage a broad dialogue between multiple stakeholders across sectors and ensure that our and our network’s expertise in Sustainable Chemistry feeds into international processes, international political discussions and publications by international organizations such as United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP): Green and Sustainable Chemistry: Framework Manual, the Global Chemical Outlook II) or projects such as the SAICM GEF “Global Best Practices on Emerging Chemical Policy Issues of Concern under the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM)” by the Global Environmental Facility (GEF). 

The ISC3 works closely together with international organisations such as United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). More information on cooperation projects, international activities, and actions between UNEP and the ISC3 can be found below.

SDGs and Sustainable Chemistry: Putting on “Sustainable Chemistry lenses”

We see the transformation of the global chemistry sector and associated sectors towards Sustainable Chemistry, as a major contribution, to achieve the United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Putting on the “Sustainable Chemistry” lenses can be supportive within this transformation as it addresses the need for innovative thinking, finding solutions for sound management of chemicals, safer alternatives, promotion of circular economy, more efficient recycling technologies or resource efficiency. To exchange knowledge, we engage in networks such as the “Chemicals and SDGs” or “Chemicals in Products” Community of Practice to discuss the linkages between chemicals management, sustainable development, and building.

As the chemistry sector has a broad reach into foundational fields such as agriculture, technology, economy, health care, housing, mobility, communication, etc. many of the SDGs are being touched upon and are of high relevance for the work of the ISC3.
Find out more on SDGs & Sustainable Chemistry.

Gender and Sustainable Chemistry

The ISC3 activities around the topic "Gender & Sustainable Chemistry" aim to highlight important linkages between international development, different genders, and international chemicals management. With the ISC3 interview series ISC3 initiative in Gender & Sustainable Chemistry we focus on women and present women active in Sustainable Chemistry from politics, innovation, NGOs, research, and education and describe their challenges, achievements, experience, and perspectives.

Besides of taking different perspectives into account, we think that raising awareness and fostering a new sustainability-oriented mindset in science and education, even beyond chemistry and related sciences, is of high priority. For a transformation towards Sustainable Chemistry young chemists play an important role. They will have to do the heavy lifting and find the innovative solutions needed for a sustainable tomorrow. Therefore, the ISC3 provides a platform to make underrepresented voices heard, ensure their active participation and work together for justice that includes current and future generations.

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